Cambridge Mathematics Manifesto
The mission of the University of Cambridge is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence.
Cambridge Mathematics is a collaborative enterprise in pursuit of this mission. The four University partners are committed to championing and securing a world class mathematics education for all students from 5 –19 years old, applicable to both national and international contexts and based on evidence from research and practice. We will call on our institutional courage and use the leadership, authority and expertise of the University to develop a coherent, transparent, evidence-based vision for Cambridge Mathematics – a vision that will make a major contribution to mathematics education internationally.
We believe that the study of mathematics is worthwhile for its own sake and as a key form of intellectual development. It is critical for the understanding of many other subjects and essential for functioning within modern society. Our vision is that the model of mathematics education that we intend to devise will emphasise the richness and power of maths, will encourage continued study of the subject and will be recognised world-wide as innovative and rigorous in approach. It will take into account the different needs in a changing world and contribute to learners’ personal, societal and economic well being. The enactment of the vision will draw on the expertise that resides in the University, and on that of our colleagues across the world.
Cambridge Mathematics is a long term programme of developments and by 2020 we aim to have made considerable progress towards the seven subsidiary aims:
- to champion and secure access to a quality maths education for all
- to collaborate to use our position in maths education, to show leadership and to develop an authoritative voice
- to develop a coherent Cambridge Mathematics Framework for all ages and types of learner with a strong distinctive approach, led by academics and educationalists and supported by a strong research base
- to develop and make available world class teaching and learning materials
- to support an infrastructure to enhance the quality of teacher education and continuing professional development
- to develop assessments that support the development of powerful mathematical reasoning
- to develop an approach that is recognised and valued by parents, young people, teachers, institutions and governments.
The four principles underpinning our work are:
- access for all
- evidence based
- collaboration and consultation
- coherent and integrated programme.
The four integrated elements of Cambridge Mathematics